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TechnologyNetworkLogo‌The IEA enables innovation through a wide range of international Energy Technology Initiatives, or ETIs1. Through the ETIs, more than 6,000 experts from over 50 countries work together to accelerate advances in energy technologies. 



Smart Grids
Demand-Side Management
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Recent activities and findings

Use of variable renewables as flexible resources to support grid operation - workshop

‌The energy technology initiatives on smart grids and photovoltaics will join forces in a joint, free-of-charge workshop to examine the use of variable renewables as flexible resources to support grid operation and power transmission and distribution interaction. The event will take place at the Austrian Institute of Technology on 18 May and will be a  good opportunity to learn about the TSO-DSO interaction in other countries and discuss future developments. More...

Developing a framework for the branding of energy efficiency

This recently completed project under the Demand-Side Management initiative has published two reports looking at Best Practices in Branding of Energy Efficiency, and Case Studies in the Branding of Energy Efficiency.  Both reports can be downloaded from the website.  

Consequences of learning curves for energy policy - webinar

The next webinar in the series from the Demand-Side Management initiative will be looking at the consequences of learning curves for energy policy and will take place on 15 April 2015 at 15h00 central european time.  Register here.  

Nominations open for Annual Smart Grid Award of Excellence

The International Smart Grid Action Network, in partnership with the Global Smart Grid Federation (GSGF), launched its second annual Award of Excellence competition to showcase leadership and innovation in smart grid projects around the world.  This year's competition theme is "Excellence in Smart Grids for Renewable Energy Integration." The deadline for submissions is 25 March 2015. More...

Energy expert stories

A compilation of video interviews with energy efficiency experts from the Demand-Side Management initiative showcases the many drivers, contexts, barriers, and models of understanding behaviour change encountered during a two-year research period. More...

Linking human behaviour and energy efficiency

‌As many of the Demand-Side Management initiative projects have discovered, the market 'failure' of energy efficiency is often due to the vagaries of human behaviour and choice. The best ideas, policies and programmes have been shown to fail again and again in achieving their desired outcomes. The current social and policymaking norm is still not to see energy saving behaviour as a major priority in achieving a transition to a sustainable system. The project looking at this issue - Closing the Loop - sets out to investigate further in order to provide clear recommendations to policymakers and demand-side management implementers. Learn more in the recently published report downloadable from their website here

Accelerating the development and deployment of smarter electric grids

‌The lessons learned and best practices presented in the twelve case studies that make up the Demand Side Management Case Book from the International Smart Grid Action Network, provide qualitative insights into the complexity of deploying demand-side management initiatives. They also incorporate various program and policy mechanisms and include information on costs and the associated business cases for investment.  In doing so, each study points out opportunities, pitfalls, and best practices in developing and deploying those technologies that can help stakeholders replicate successes and avoid costly missteps. Download here.

The Implementing Agreements in this cateogry are reviewed by the Working Party on Energy End-Use Technology (EUWP)

For information on related activities carried out by the IEA Secretariat, see Electricity

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